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  • Rania's Avatar
    12-17-2014, 11:48 AM
    Rania replied to a thread Static: How can I build this? in Halloween Props
    Yeah im trying to figure out how to build something like that piece as well. I think ihauntu is right though. It's foam, and then maybe coated in fiberglass? You can buy enormous blocks of foam and then carve in sections.
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    12-17-2014, 11:20 AM
    Rania replied to a thread Static: Idea for a giant spider... in Halloween Props
    I made my giant spider similarly, using chicken wire, great stuff and burlap. I cut strips of the burlap, roughed the edges to make the fabric hairy. Then wrapped the burlap loosely, sprayed great stuff underneath so it would cure coming out of the burlap. Was a super rad effect. I did that technique on the legs the first year and then made a new body this year with the same concept, except i used a 2 part spray tank system. Here are some pics:
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  • GobbyGruesome's Avatar
    12-14-2014, 07:49 AM
    GobbyGruesome commented on Gatordave's photo in album Halloween 2014
    Aw, now you've gone and raised everyone's expectations, Dave. Better get going on animating the little devil!
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    12-07-2014, 09:54 PM
    GobbyGruesome posted a visitor message on Candee's profile
    Sinterklaas and spiced cookies? You lost me a bit there. You've moved Santa's timeline up a few weeks? Things are OK here. Picked up some midnight retail shifts to help pay the bills while I look for something better during the day. Haven't started yet though. Hoping I've still got a few all-nighters in me. The blue light seems to be working Ok. I didn't fuss with it much so the positioning is likely less than ideal. It actually stopped spinning one day and I freaked a little - I'd heard...
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    12-07-2014, 08:53 AM
    talkingcatblues commented on GobbyGruesome's photo in album Halloween 2014
    Brrr! Looks like one of those Beefeater hats, or something for a cold Russian winter. At least he's dressed for it, though, with the snazzy Santa pants. ;)
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    12-03-2014, 11:56 PM
    GobbyGruesome added 1 photo(s) to album Halloween 2014
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    12-01-2014, 08:27 PM
    Demon Dog replied to a thread Atmosphere Effects: Suggested speakers for thunder in Halloween Props
    From www.controlbooth.com: "If you're just looking for sound frequency's--the chest rumbling resonance is in the 70-80hz range. The lower grumblings that add so much "air" to the low end are in the 40-50 hz range, and the sharp crack of thunder is usually in the 2k area with a mid range lower harmonic in the 600-800hz range to add a thickness to the crack." The bulk of this sounds like subwoofer territory! But the "crack" will need midrange assist. Thanks again, FearingtonHouse. I am...
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    12-01-2014, 08:18 PM
    Demon Dog replied to a thread Electronic/Software: AtmosfearFX Thanksgiving Weekend Sale in Halloween Props
    The software is not badly priced (usually) and available from several sources. We use Spectral Illusion's (Wandering Wraith is good) and Hallowindow (The Eye is great) and AtmosfearFX (I'm hoping Bone Chillers is as awesome as it appears). The projector can be the pricey part, typically $250 to $500+ depending on the resolution, brightness, etc.. Borrow one if you can, or shop around. There are discussions about projectors to use on this forum. SVGA resolution (or better) and 2000 lumens...
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    11-30-2014, 08:31 PM
    Demon Dog replied to a thread Atmosphere Effects: Suggested speakers for thunder in Halloween Props
    Thanks for the info, FearingtonHouse! Sorry, should have mentioned that this is for an outdoors haunt, but the "area of impact" I'd like to really hit with the thunder is on the order of 30 feet x 30 feet. My neighbors are really good about my Halloween goings on, so I believe they'd be okay with one evening of loud thunder. Except for a rainy Halloween, I may be able to center the speaker in that area. But rain would force it to play from a 2nd story window. I think I'd be up to making...
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    11-30-2014, 05:26 PM
    Demon Dog replied to a thread Other: Painting rigid foam - help in Halloween Props
    I've used indoor/outdoor latex over my blue foam. Through several rains, it still looks fine after a couple Halloween seasons outdoors. The GG may hold better (I haven't used it), but I wouldn't consider it the only solution. Just my two cents. :)
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    11-30-2014, 05:05 PM
    Demon Dog started a thread Atmosphere Effects: Suggested speakers for thunder in Halloween Props
    Hi. Would like to add the thunder/lightning effect in 2015. What would you recommend for the speaker to really "feel" the boom of the thunder while still capturing the frequency range for thunder? Would a subwoofer be sufficient (like this: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?=Onkyo+SKW-204+10%22+230W+Powered+Subwoofer&N=10430847&InitialSearch=yes&sts=pi or this: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1015412-REG/jbl_sub250pbk_10_powered_subwoofer.html)? Or should I look into something more...
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    11-30-2014, 04:31 PM
    Demon Dog replied to a thread Static: Giant Tentacle Question in Halloween Props
    We were at the Monterey Bay Aquarium this year and they had giant inflatable tentacles coming from their building: http://babytoboomer.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Monterey-Aquarium-Tentacles-Exhibit-roor.jpg They were hilarious to see, especially coming from an aquarium! I've seen pictures of them used before on other structures. Google and you may find them to rent or buy. But I'd expect to pay dearly as they were huge and looked really good.
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    11-30-2014, 04:17 PM
    Demon Dog replied to a thread Electronic/Software: AtmosfearFX Thanksgiving Weekend Sale in Halloween Props
    Thanks for the heads up, MacEricG! We really enjoyed their Unliving Portraits (played on a monitor set into a picture frame), and now will try their new Bone Chillers for our front window.
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  • GobbyGruesome's Avatar
    11-29-2014, 08:00 AM
    Hey Shannon! Not sure if you're still kicking around. Just wondering how your Halloween went. Hope it was awesome!
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    11-27-2014, 09:47 PM
    They played Pod People! It stinks! After watching a little bit more, I don't think that IS Kevin Murphy. Sounds like Josh Weinstein, who always sounded sooo weird to me because I didn't see any of the first couple seasons until way later. If anyone is interested they're playing reruns of today's Turkey Day all weekend on something called pluto.tv on channel 400. Never heard of it but it seems to work. :)
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  • GobbyGruesome's Avatar
    11-27-2014, 12:02 PM
    Not one of my favourites...but I'll take it. :)
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  • talkingcatblues's Avatar
    11-27-2014, 11:48 AM
    We are watching the spider one. *Dis*-gusting! :D
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    11-27-2014, 11:03 AM
    Just catching bits here and there but it's pretty good. Actually had a new bumper with Joel, Trace Belieu and Kevin Murphy as Crow and Tom! But if your internets are still out, it may be minor consolation to know the Rifftrax gang is doing a live show in selected theaters in the US of Santa Claus December 4th. http://www.theglobaldispatch.com/mst3k-rifftrax-returns-dec-4-with-santa-claus-39013/
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  • talkingcatblues's Avatar
    11-27-2014, 06:57 AM
    Happy TG, y'all!
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    11-26-2014, 12:54 PM
    OH NO! They're doing it again!!!! https://www.shoutfactory.com/editorials/mst3k-turkey-day-sale-marathon#marathon Another 6 episode Turkey Day Marathon (Shoutbox is also having a sale and using the opportunity to promote MST3K on Vimeo - at least for you US folks.)
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  • GobbyGruesome's Avatar
    11-24-2014, 01:26 PM
    Hey Bam! You doing Ok down there? Haven't heard from you since Halloween. Hope all is well, and there's turkey waiting for you at the end of the week. :)
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    11-23-2014, 12:51 PM
    Great find. I'm always kind of amazed that while I always think of "holiday traditions" it turns out a lot of them are actually fairly recent and still really flexible in their interpretation. Hadn't heard of this aspect of Thanksgiving at all!
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    11-22-2014, 01:35 PM
    A friend and I tracked it down a couple years back I think, when a member was trying to identify a song. She bought the last copy on Amazon at the time ("more on the way") and gave me a listen. It's a pretty ambitious undertaking and I'm hoping to pick up a copy this year when the wallet loosens up a bit. :) It's definitely fun stuff from someone who loves the season. It's not likely something you'd hear on the radio though - and I don't know that I'd put it on anywhere as background music....
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    11-22-2014, 12:13 PM
    Slideshow worked fine in IE & Firefox on Windows 7 once I activated Microsoft Silverlight. I liked going through the navigation manually better though. It's fun to see all the details close up - I love a lot of the different things you've got going on there, and the colors are great.
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    11-21-2014, 12:22 PM
    GobbyGruesome posted a visitor message on Candee's profile
    That's about the state of the house here too. Except the garage is also apparently the epicentre of all chaos in the universe. We don't so a ton of stuff for Christmas. A tree inside and a couple strings of lights outside along with Santa Pants and a blow mold snowman. A couple years back we bought a box of those light up branches - three branches to a box. So we stick those in our planter under the window. I thought is use the blue kaleidoscope light we used on the reaper on the other side...
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    Hey Bam! You doing Ok down there? Haven't heard from you since Halloween. Hope all is well, and there's turkey waiting for you at the end of the week.
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    It went Ok. Beautiful night - probably the warmest we've had. Everything was set up and in place a couple hours before the kids came. That's a first. And everything worked all night long, including the reaper (which I've had problems with the last two years) and the new Beetlejuice I made. Just bummed that we were down ToT-wise. We figured with it being Friday and warm, and with a lot of the kids having the day off school, our numbers would jump by 20, but it dropped by 20 instead. It sounds like a lot of 'em went to the mall during the day and were pretty much bored of the whole thing by the time it got dark. My wife also has a theory that we may do better when it's a little colder and more parents are driving kids TOTing. Then they can afford to be a little more choosy and just go to the houses that were really decorated. Some nice kids though, with some cool costumes. And there were some families that spent 15 minutes in our yard taking photos with their favourite tombstones and such, so that feels good.

    How about you? Did the good showing on the 1st night carry forward to the rest of the haunt?
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    It went really well, I think - we got the props set up the weekend before and then added the sound/music and the animation in the window that week. The people that came by seemed to like it. Had a bat or two do a divebomb in some rain we had on Wednesday and then the next day, but we put them back up and reinforced them. The chalk, surprisingly enough, was hardly affected by the rain at all. It was a bit more washed out looking in the day, but by night in the lights it still lit up just fine - I didn't even have to redo it. Some kids (and some adults!) did their own drawings with the extra chalk we put out, which was nice - I was hoping they would get into that a bit. A lot were in a hurry to get to the next stop though. It wound up raining again late Halloween night but we were lucky in that we were mostly through takedown by the time it got heavy and cold. And then it *did* help wash away the chalk, so at that point I didn't mind it! So, basically all good. We had a nice time and the neighbors liked it a lot, which is a good thing.

    How was yours? How did managing all your visitors go? Did everyone like the new props?
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    Thanks, happy halloween to you too!
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    Happy Halloween! :jol:
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    Happy Halloween Bam!
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    That's terrific! 176, wow - you must be tired, but that's really great.

    Thanks for checking out the pictues. I was happy with how a lot of it turned out. The ghost girl I made was with the help of punkineater's instructions - you can find them in punkineater's "My Props 2013 - 2014" album. I made mine smaller to be slightly more like a child ghost (since the theme is chalk drawings.)

    Anyway, glad you are having such great success and hopefully also a lot of fun moments!
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    Wow Bam! That sounds fantastic. Hopefully that'll drive even more people your way. Bet they're excited to come back and see everything up and running.
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    Thanks! Exactly the info I needed. Now we'll see how it turns out lol.

    And yes I did see it, thank you for thinking of.
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    Hey, stopping by to say, break a leg - preferably not your own! Everything you've built looks wonderful - I'm sure it will blow them away!
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